|Project by mtkate||posted 08-03-2009 09:06 PM||5166 views||1 time favorited||12 comments|
My first attempt – and definitely will not be my last.
After seeing so many fantabulous cutting boards on this site – I finally ventured farther than I have ever been before and bought wood that is NOT pine, oak or maple. In fact, maple is still a new venture for me.
This took me 3 weekends (unfortunately, I have a dayjob that is NOT woodworking… or is that fortunately so I can afford to make mistakes?). The first weekend was to joint, plane and cut the strips & glue them (last pic). The second week was to cut the cross strips and glue them up. The last weekend was finishing.
My planer took a bite off the edges, so I learned a lesson there that they need protection or I have to cut the pieces for the ends a bit wider… and it also bit into the board (you can see it in the 3rd pic) because I am still learning how to use a planer effectively. I decided not to fix the bite, since I will be keeping the board and chopping into it. Someday I will have to plane it down again. In any case, my boyfriend hardly noticed.
The shop gnomes also got in during the last glue up and played with my perfectly book-matched stripes (LOL). Now I understand the skill required and have learned that patience is indeed a virtue. The stripes are off by a small amount, but you can’t tell from afar.
I rounded the edges as much as possible for the day I drop this thing on my toes. It’s heavy!!! The board is almost 2 inches thick. I used waterproof glue and I think it will hold but I will take special care.
In any case, it’s sanded down to a glass smooth feel and is awaiting the first chop. I don’t think either of us has the heart but it’s gotta happen.